Large sinkhole on Md. 214 expected to cause delays

July 24, 2019

A large sinkhole in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has shut down a portion of Md. Route 214 in Davidsonville. Commuters should plan for delays to last through rush hour, officials said.

The closure stretches from Beards Point Road to Riva Road and was discovered early Wednesday, after a driver hit the hole and an officer stopped to help.

Charlie Gischlar with the Maryland Department of Transportation estimates the sinkhole is about 2 feet wide and 5 to 6 feet deep; it’s likely the result of a damaged pipe, he added.

“Some of these rains have been so heavy. They do start to exploit some of the age deficiencies that we see, so that’s whats going on here,” Gischlar said.

As crews continue with repairs, Gischlar said the road closure could last through until Thursday morning.

Residents will be able to access their homes and businesses, but Gischlar said drivers should plan ahead and allow an extra 10 to 15 minutes to use the detour routes.

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